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Schools fantastic year

Thursday, 29th November 2001.

IT HAS been a fantastic year as the school has collected national awards in technology, arts and sport and launched its new status as a specialist school.

A highlight was the technology college launch. Selected as one of the Government’s specialist schools for its quality teaching science, technology, and maths, the school launched its new status with a laser show, new logo and new buildings.

State of the art ICT resources is enabling the school to link all their pupils 24 hours a day to their work and provide interactive link up to minority subjects at A-Level and to offer courses taught almost entirely on-line.

With specialist Saturday classes in maths and science and a summer school for gifted and able pupils the new status is improving results.

In July the school learned it had been successful in gaining Artsmark Gold Status – one of only 30 upper schools nationally selected for this prestigious award recognising quality in the arts.

Already a centre of excellence for the arts, a new drama studio, four drama productions and two sellout music concerts in spring confirmed that Samuel Ward justified this important accolade.

In November it was the turn of the PE department; who gained recognition for high standards in sport with the Sportsmark Award. It has been a superb year for sports at our college.

William Pollock became a British martial arts champion, Paul Graham, Jemma Thake and Sally Morton qualified for the East Anglian cross country championships with Jemma Thake gaining more medals in the English Schools athletics championships/

With success in rugby, football, and golf the college showed itself to be a thriving centre of sporting excellence.

Nine of our Year nine, ten and eleven cross country athletes will be competition at the county series A race at Holbrook on Saturday. They will be trying to win a place in the county squad for this season’s races.

Ben Hickes from Year 11 has earned an Essex cricket trial. Ben, who has represented Suffolk in the past at cricket will travel to Chelmsford for his indoor net trial. Good luck Ben.

Many of our year nine and ten pupils have been attending cricket coaching sessions at out the school on Friday evenings. The Borders Coaching Cricket School provides qualified teaching at all levels from 6 pm to 9:30pm.

Samual Ward News

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